The Definitive iPhone Killer

Firstly, sorry for the title. I realize that 'iPhone Killer' has been used to death and has lost all meaning, but it grabs attention and, well... a mobile phone article without 'iPhone' thrown in somewhere just isn't worth reading.

So what phone am I talking about? The Sony Ericsson Xperia X3 (Rachael). Before getting into it, its important to note that this phone hasn't been officially announced or confirmed by Sony Ericsson yet, so for all we know it may be a big hoax, or it may get cancelled or altered in any way shape or form.

The stats for the phone were leaked by Expansys, who have since taken the product page down, and looked a little something like this:

· Quad-band GSM connectivity (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

· Dual-band 3G (900/2100 MHz) with HSDPA 10Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps

· 4 inches touchscreen display with 800 x 400 pixels

· Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11g

· A-GPS

· Bluetooth 2.1

· 3.5mm audio jack

· E-mail (POP3, IMAP4, SMTP, MS Exchange)

· MiniUSB

· MicroSDHC card support

This page also claims the phone will be powered by the new 1GHz Snapdragon CPU with dedicated 3D graphics and is likely to run Google Android 2.0 with custom Sony Ericsson UI enhancements (similar to the HTC Hero Sense UI). These claims are supported by a leaked video of the X3 UI in action. Note though that even if this is real, it's a very early build and the final interface will likely look much, much better (Android 2.0 hasn't even been released yet). Oh, and did I mention the phone has an 8MP camera with LED flash (Xenon would have been nicer) and a resolution of 852x480 according to this site?

If all these unconfirmed stats prove to be true, this could be a real winner. Not to mention that the phone looks quite stylish as well (what the hell was HTC thinking with the Hero?). I'm just concerned about the 4" screen and 1GHz CPU chewing through the battery in three or four hours or so. 4" is also a bit large for a phone, don't know if I'd like carrying that around in my pocket all day.

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